Chief of Defence

Eirik Kristoffersen

General Chief of Defence CV
Military Mission to NATO

Louise K. Dedichen

Vice Admiral Chief of the Military Mission to NATO CV
Head of the Defence Staff

Elisabeth Natvig

Vice Admiral Head of the Defence Staff CV
Directly subordinated commanders
The Defence Staff

Rune Jakobsen

Lieutenant General Chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters CV

Morten Haga Lunde

Lieutenant General Chief of the Norwegian Intelligence Service CV

Lars Lervik

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Army

Nils Andreas Stensønes

Rear Admiral Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy

Tonje Skinnarland

Major General Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force CV

Elisabeth Gifstad Michelsen

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Home Guard

Inge Kampenes

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence

Torgeir Gråtrud

Major General Head of the Norwegian Special Operations Command

Petter Jansen

CEO Head of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

Jon Gerhard Reichelt

Major General Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services CV

Henning-André Frantzen

Major General Head of the Norwegian Defence University College

Gunn Elisabeth Håbjørg

Brigadier Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces HR and Conscription Centre

Arne Opperud

Brigadier Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support Services

Ingrid M. Gjerde

Major General Head of the Planning Division

Per Anders Bakke

Commodore Head of the Investment Division

Yngve Odlo

Major General Head of the Operations Division CV

Tom Simonsen

CEO Head of the Human Resources Division

Trond Kotte

Major General Head of the Finance Division

 

 

Organisation

The Norwegian Armed Forces are divided into the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Home Guard. Our organisation consists of 14 different departments.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In peacetime, the forces have 23,000 soldiers, officers, civilian employees and conscripts. Total strength after mobilisation is 83,000 personnel.​

Militar​​y Com​mand

The top military leader is the Chief of Defence. In addition to this, the Chief is also the Minister of Defence's top military adviser. 

The Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) coordinates the operational part of the Armed Forces, both in Norway and abroad. The NJHQ is responsible for planning and managing the Armed Forces' operations in peace, crisis and war. ​

​Politi​​​cal Command

The Norwegian constitution places the King as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The Government exercises this authority, while political control of the Armed Forces is exercised through ​cooperation and the division of power between the Government and Parliament.

The Minister of Defence heads the Ministry of Defence and has the constitutional and political responsibility for the Armed Forces. All matters not decided in coun​cil, are decided by the Minister, or by departm​ental officials on the Minister's behalf. The current Minister of Defence is Mr. Frank Bakke-Jensen.

In 2016, the Norwegian Armed Forces were re-organised. Some departments were merged, and the number of departments was reduced from 21 to 14.

Published 11 June 2015 17:01.. Last updated 24 August 2020 22:59.